Meet The Band: Christien Summers

This Thursday, April 19, Christien Summers will be playing The Little Red Umbrella Variety Spectacular (free! with 10% of bar sales going to the AIDS Committee of Toronto! Facebook invite here!). Back on January 27, we interviewed them about their awesome disco indie rock:

 Christien Summers sounds like the kind of name that would belong to a quiet, little singer-songwriter with a ukelele, but in reality it's a riotous, disco, psych-pop punch-in-your-gut shelling out music that will be in your head for weeks. Led by Carol Lui and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Jones, they spread as much sexuality as George Hamilton circa 1966.

Not only is Christien Summers awesome but they are also opening for the loves of our lives The Balconies THIS Saturday at The Horseshoe, so you know they have to hold their own in the sexy department. You can download their Cloud One EP for free, in return for your email address, here. And here's what Lui had to say when she answered our random, cray questions.

How do you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard you before?
Dreamy fuzzy pop records with strong beats and sad stories.

If you could open for one current band that you haven't played with before, who would it be?
Oh Land. In my dreams, we’d also share stage wardrobes and have pillow fights on tour buses. AND ROBYN!!!

If you could play one venue you've never played before, what would it be?
The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. I grew up going to shows there and some of my happiest memories of live music were formed there. Not only is it one of the most beautiful venues in the country, but also the sound is fantastic and that bouncy floor is unbeatable.

Your all-time, all-star supergroup?
The We Are The World and Do They Know It's Christmas casts combined as one, featuring Stevie Nicks.

Say, for some strange reason, all the music in the world is going to be destroyed, but you can save all the songs from one decade. Which decade's records would you save?
Without a doubt, the ‘80s. G would say the decade that spanned from 1967-1977

What was the craziest live show you've ever seen?
Went w/ G to check out Next Music from TOKYO at The Rivoli a couple years ago. We witnessed a violinist drop to the floor after getting electrocuted from his microphone. He was taken away on a stretcher, and the night was cancelled due to “technical issues”. The crowd began to file out but we lingered to chat up bands with our mediocre Japanese. Then the most incredible thing happened! The bands gathered around kumbaya-style in the middle of the Rivoli dancefloor and began to jam out on anything that wasn’t plugged into the wall: acoustic guitars, wooden chairs and tables, plastic ice buckets, etc. After the impromptu jam session, we rolled out of the Rivoli only to bump into the electrocuted violinist back from the hospital. He grabs a couple bandmates and then starts busking out on Queen West. The Japanese rock HARD. Much respect.

What's your favourite song to play live? Why?
“Take Me With You” because it’s my favourite CS song. It’s damn sassy and a blast to sing.

What was the first record you ever bought? When was the last time you listened to it?
First cassette was Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual”. First CD was the Top Gun OST. While I haven’t listened to Miss Lauper in ages, I did listen to the Top Gun soundtrack a couple weeks ago.

John, Paul, George, or Ringo?
Ringo. I love the underdog. 


Meet The Band is a regular feature where we introduce you to bands we like. You can find all of the rest of them here.


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